Hearne: Kansas City Police Still on Hold re Westport Death

It’s been four days since Kansas City Police said they were awaiting autopsy results…

That after 24-year old Brian Euston – of Prairie Village’s Euston’s Hardware family – was found unconscious in Westport and later died. Euston had been on the party trail at Kelly’s with friends and had left the bar in the wee hours of Saturday night/Sunday morning.

The $64 million question: How did he die?

An unsubstantiated headline in the online version of the Kansas City Star’s news story led readers to believe Euston had been beaten.

Police called the newspaper out on the bogus headline but the Star declined to explain or change it, police say.

Until, that is, KC Confidential called the headline into question, reporting that until autopsy results were in police had no information to support Euston having been beaten. Video surveillance did not appear to show a fight or beating. No witnesses had come forward to claim that there’d been one. Even though Euston had been on a busy street at a high traffic time of night.

It could have been one of at least three things, police say; an auto accident, a slip and hard fall or some form of beating.

And now?

“There is no new information,” a KCPD spokeswoman said late Tuesday. And the results of the autopsy are not back yet.

Meanwhile back at 18th and Grand, the Star yanked the word “beating” from its headline shortly after KC Confidential and the KCPD called them out. Reader rep Derek Donovan acknowledged

http://www.mb-kc.com/
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14 Responses to Hearne: Kansas City Police Still on Hold re Westport Death

  1. Anonymous says:

    Cliff Notes
    For those of you who choose not to read the article, here’s a summary.

    HEARNE: NOTHING NEW IN WESTPORT DEATH, EXCEPT THE STAR MADE A MISTAKE A WEEK AGO, AND BECAUSE I HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT I AM STILL AWESOME.

  2. Anonymous says:

    jojo
    I’m not a toxicologist but something like
    this probably doesnt take too long.
    I don’t watch CSI but I imagine detectives
    have an idea but don’t wnt the public to
    know some info.
    Hopefully they will find out what happeneed
    real soon….because someone saw what happened.

  3. Anonymous says:

    dp
    They know what happened…no way they don’t unless KCPD is completely incompetent.

    Wonder why they won’t come out and say it?

  4. Anonymous says:

    jojo
    a potential powder keg….my sources are
    saying that the victims uncle worked in the
    police department so there should be
    some urgency to finding out what happened.
    I have never seen a memorial for a victim
    who died of self inflicted injuries.
    Something is not right here….and I hope that
    the truth comes out soon…….
    If detectyives are still working there must still
    be doubts…
    but 2 of the possibilities that hearne points
    out are actual criminal charged offenses.

  5. Anonymous says:

    jojo
    great photo of the victim drinkg a beer…
    can’t you find some more decent photops?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wondering
    hearne,
    a lot of peole die every day, evry week, can we expect you to give them the same amount of attention?

    This reminds of my CSI question; If someone, whom I care a lot about, is murdered, can I expect the same amount of crime solving as the TV show indicates?

    I am guessing the answer is “NO” to both questions : (

  7. Anonymous says:

    Buchan-O-Clastic
    This is a unfortunate story for sure, but are there only “douche-baggish” photos of this guy? Holy shit…sorry ’bout all THAT.

  8. Anonymous says:

    cab70
    Wondering – Are you incapable for compassion if the victim is white? Are you so color blind that race is all you care about? People like you are destroying this city. Why is this story so big? Hmm…it is is an unsolved (likely murder) that happened during a busy time of day (or night in this case)at a very popular & historic area in town that is frequnted by locals and tourists alike.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Wondering
    cab70,
    uh, wtf are you talking about? colorblind??? wtf? are you crazy? insane? what does race have to do with anything? What does compassion have to do with it?

    I ASKED WHY IS THIS BLOG FOCUSING ON ONE PERSON’S DEATH WHEN SO MANY IMPORTANT HUMANS DIE EVERY DAY, EVERY WEEK, EVERY MONTH, EVERY YEAR?…..

    I have not seen one singlem other deathm blogged about here, yet this death now has 10 threads???

    I ASKED WHY NOT BLOG ABOUT OTHER IMPORTANT MYSTERY DEATHS?? HUH??? WANNA TELL ME WHY MUTHRFKR!!??

    DO NOT MAKE JUDGEMENTS ABOUT PEOPLE YOU DO NOT KNOW, DO NOT SAY I, OR ANYONE IS DESTROYING THIS CITY, YOU DO NOT KNOW ME!!!

    I ASKED A FKING QUESTION….
    a simple fking question.

  10. Anonymous says:

    cab70
    What are the other “mysterious” deaths that have happened since this one in Kansas City. I am just wondering

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wondering
    Howe about the guy who was shot (or not shot) at the hyvee the other day… or the monkey on the loose, who is now bound to be shot at the Zoo…. or… ummmmm….. come on man, there are random mystery deaths every other day….

    how about all of these? see link
    http://earlcallaway.com/corpsecount.html

    But, this his is the one and only MURDER/DEATH/KILL I have EVER read about on KCC, unless I missed something.

  12. Anonymous says:

    cab70
    Wondering -

    Uh…did you send a link to alleged murders commited by the Clinton family and call a loose chimp near swope park a “mysterious death”? Nevermind – I am wasting my time with you. You are too clever for me!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Kathy Euston
    As Brian’s mom I want you to know what a great, loyal, son and friend he was. As most post college kids there are are a huge amount of pictures posted online of parties. Brain was so much more than that. We just want heeling, answers and justice. There was hundreds of people that came out of the bars that night who had to see what really happened. We pray that someone comes forward, It’s amazing in this city that if you have a tragedy like this your family has to be your advocates or tragedies like these will be swept under the carpet. Step up KC! I’ve lived here all my 52 yrs. The slogan for KC use to be the “most liveable city yet”. There are issues in all the popular spots all over the city that we as citizens never know about because it will hurt business. It’s time we wake up and take action before we become the most dangerous city to live in!!!! Today I got a call from the alarm company that a door was open and the police were on the way. I headed home to meet the police and thought gee……..the alarm goes off in the police respond……….but a 24 yr. old boy is found unconscious in Wesport where there have been problems in the past and the POLICE are NEVER called! What’s the problem here???????? I find it ironic that the police were called off the Westport area after Labor day since summer was officially over. There were no police on duty the night of Brian’s tragedy. Funny, the following weekend the KCMO POLICE were back on duty in case there should be any “accidental falls”. Peace to all.

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    Lucy
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